MSO Fasts, But Also Gives
Ramadan is a time when Muslims focus on self sacrifice and devotion. One group of students is taking their devotion one step further by helping a local organization.
Muslims participate in a strict fast from sunrise to sunset during Ramadan. Observants even abstain from drinking water.
"Ramadan is a chance for Muslims to look within themselves, to better themselves," MSO President Omar Waheed said.
It's a time marked by prayer, fasting and charity. During Ramadan, Muslim students also hold what they call a "Fast-a-Thon" to help benefit people in need.
"Here for the past couple of years we've always given to the Central Missouri Food Bank," Waheed said.
Local businesses promise to donate money for every student who pledges to fast for a day. So Muslim students have two good reasons to fast, but for some it doesn't come easy.
"It is really hard because, for example, when you fast you have to wake up in the morning before the sun rises, and my mom used to do that and my mom is not here," said Fareeha Ali, a member of the MSO.
But it's important for Muslims to wake up on time. As the devout know, it's "Ramadan kar'reem," which means "Ramadan is kindly." 60 students who are not members of the Muslim Student Organization are also participating in the Fast-a-Thon.
For more information on Ramadan and the University of Missouri Muslim Student Organization contact: Omar Waheed, MSO Waheed firstname.lastname@example.org